What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 43


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 28, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Bill Madden (William Madden, Jr.) - "Congressional Pageboy" (salaried; he interacts between the constituents and the congressmen; from Pittston, PA)

Game 2: Miss Eileen Foster - "Makes Dog Blankets" (salaried; John explained that her product is actually a coat for dogs which snaps on to stay in place; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 3: Peter Lawford (9/7/1923 - 12/24/1984) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Dick DeMarzio - "Teaches Rollerskating" (salaried; left-handed; from Norwood, MA) . .moreless

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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Steve Allen

Steve Allen

Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "STOPETTE" WATCH: Once again, the newer opening advertisement showing a layout of the company's products and a photo of Dr. Jules Montenier is aired tonight.
      (2) Unless it happened on one of the "lost to history" 1950-1952 episodes, this is the first instance of Arlene introducing Bennett as the "Squire of Mount Kisco." Over the course of the next decade or more of "WML?'s" CBS run, she will frequently introduce him as such, or occasionally call him the "Count of Monte Kisco" which was a play on the title of "The Count of Monte Cristo," with reference to his Mount Kisco residence.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST: This episode was the first appearance on "WML?" by actor Peter Lawford. Between now and EPISODE #723 of July 26, 1964, he was on the show a total of seven times, out of which three were as a guest panelist, and four were as a mystery guest. A few months before his appearance tonight, Mr. Lawford starred in the 1953 movie "Rogue's March" as "Captain Dion Lenbridge, aka Private Harry Simms." A year from tonight's show, in 1954, was released one of Peter's most famous movies, "It Should Happen to You," in which he played "Evan Adams III." In that same year of 1954, Mr. Lawford began a year-long run on television in the series "Dear Phoebe" as college professor-turned-"advice to the lovelorn" columnist "Bill Hastings." Also in 1954, Peter married Patricia Kennedy, a member of the Kennedy clan; the union lasted until 1966. As for his mystery guest spot this evening, Mr. Lawford's nameplate is set in Gothic No. 13.
      (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS, CREDITS CRUNCH, AND ROGUE CAPTIONS WATCH: With tonight's show, the order of set designer Robert Rowe Paddock's card is moved so that it comes after the card acknowledging production coordinator Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine, and before the "WML?" title card seen at the very end. All this wonderful vintage information, alas, was sadly shown severely "crunched" as of the April 22, 2008 airing of this episode by GSN. Additionally, GSN again marred the "WML?" experience with a rogue closed-captioning feed for an episode of its original "High Stakes Poker" program, though the feed was seen only briefly at the beginning of the broadcast.
      (5) Right after GSN's April 22, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the December 28, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen with the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was "Candid Camera" co-host Durward Kirby, in the first of three post-Garry Moore "IGAS" appearances over the next several months by Mr. Moore's longtime announcer and variety show regular. There was another significance in these appearances, as Miss Myerson would replace Mr. Kirby as Allen Funt's co-host on "Candid Camera" in its final CBS network season in 1966-1967, in addition to her duties as panelist on "IGAS." - W-B (2008)

    • FRUIT BOOTS: John Daly said that the redheaded Bill Madden was wearing "fruit boots." This is 1950s-era slang for high-top suede shoes. Similar styles of footwear are called "Wallabees" and "desert boots," and one popular maker is Clarks Footwear of England. - Suzanne (2004)

    • REVIEW: This was an okay performance by the panel this particular evening. Unfortunately, things got off to a rocky start when they were totally stumped by the young congressional page. As of today, a page position is still a highly sought-after position by many of today's youth. The panel recovered when Dorothy guessed that the second contestant made blankets for dogs. Dorothy also did quite nicely when she correctly guessed that the mystery guest was Peter Lawford. Unknown to the panel at this time was the fact that Lawford was the first member of the famous (or infamous) Hollywood clique, the Rat Pack, to appear on WML. The pack's ringleader, Francis Albert Sinatra, "Old Blue Eyes" would be the final member to make his debut appearance in November 1966, which was a year and two weeks after the tragic death of his bitter enemy, and former friend, Dorothy Kilgallen. From now through the rest of the show's run, the remaining members of the group will all appear on the show. Lawford, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra were both mystery guests and guest panelists. Dean Martin was a mystery guest. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time before they could figure out that the final contestant was a roller skating instructor. As Bennett might have said, the guest then skated off with the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)

      BREADBOX WATCH!!! The breadbox question was not used in any of this evening's games. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Tidbits: Steve said that Arlene's new television show for the Army and Air Force starts tomorrow. He didn't mention it by name, but the show is "Talent Patrol," which ran from 1953-1955. Both Steve Allen and Bud Collyer had earlier been involved with the series also. In 1954, the show title changed to "Soldier Parade." The series was a military talent show sponsored by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to aid enlistment and recruiting. - Suzanne (2004)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.


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